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barely meaning and definition

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BARELY adverb

Definition of barely (adverb)

  1. only a very short time before
    • "they could barely hear the speaker"; "we hardly knew them"; "just missed being hit"; "had scarcely rung the bell when the door flew open"; "would have scarce arrived before she would have found some excuse to leave"- W.B.Yeats
    • synonyms: hardly, just, scarce, scarcely
  2. in a sparse or scanty way
    • "a barely furnished room"
    • synonyms: scantily
Source: Princeton University Wordnet

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